Hatred: Opinion

So this game was brought to my attention by a friend of mine when he sent me a link to the trailer below. 

I have to say that this trailer left me a little stunned. I didn’t really think someone would ever make something like this, let alone try to sell it. Yet, I was intrigued. I wanted to play it, and it didn’t take me too long to figure out why. You see, I don’t mind watching or playing things that shock or disturb me. I’ve always thought that it’s healthy to know your boundaries and your feelings on certain things and art is a great way to do this without consequence. That’s why it’s okay to be disturbed by Hatred. You should be. That is very much the point of this thing. You’re supposed to put yourself in the shoes of an extremely disturbed person and see what happens. Then, once you’re done, you quit the game and continue being yourself. Simple. Don’t freak out.

One thing that people have been saying is that the game is quite shallow, not really providing a point or a great philosophical argument for or against violence. I say otherwise. Just looking at the style of the game says it all for me. I think people have misconstrued the monochrome with splashes of colour motif as a bit of flare for the sake of being cool rather than being an interesting piece of commentary. ¬†Have a look at these two images….

Security footage taken on the day of the Columbine massacre

Security footage taken on the day of the Columbine massacre

Screenshot from Hatred

Screenshot from Hatred

The game kind of looks like security footage that you see on the news after these sorts of events. Which, in my opinion, makes the game seem more real and grounded in reality. The splashes of colour (Blood, Fire etc) bring attention to the results of your actions, heightening their impact. The most common stylistic comparison I’ve heard from people is that of Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Sin City’. Fair enough, it does. However I thought of another film…

Schindler's List (1993)

Schindler’s List (1993)

Who says these colours aren’t supposed to show you the tragedy of what’s happening.

What I have found disheartening is the mainstream media’s take on this. They’re still treating games as a horrible sub-culture, leaning on the precipice of Columbine style violence. Which is untrue. However what is even more disheartening is the source of this ridiculous reporting. It seems to be gaming journalists grabbing the torches and pitchforks to condemn the game for it’s violence this time. The same people who, at one time, defended it. It’s espescially ridiculous because we’re still waiting for the game to actually get released. (Press copies are out)

These are some of my thoughts and opinions on Hatred and I think it’s a good place to start this blog. Thanks for reading. I’ll have a review of the game up sometime next week after it’s out to see if I was right about any of this.